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Design Engineering Products Best of the Engineering Marketplace Compiled by Lauren Muskett, Assistant Managing Editor Connectors & Fasteners Multi-Wire Connectors Protects against dirt, moisture, and mechanical stress. AutomationDirect has expanded its ZIPport product line of multi-wire connectors and accessories. The heavy-duty connectors are designed to maintain reliable electrical connections while providing protection against dirt, moisture, and mechanical stress common in industrial environments. Added frame sizes include 10A, 16A, and 32B made of heavy-duty metal or thermoplastic housings. Connector hoods are available with top entry and side entry cable passages and feature Pg threaded cable passages. Connector bases start at $8.25 for 10A frame models. ZIPport multi-wire connectors accessories include additional IP66 and IP68 cable glands, Pg to NPT adapters, and blanking plugs; insert plates are available in blank, reducer, and cutout styles. New code pins kits (starting at $6 for a 16-pack) are available for applications where identical connectors could be coupled with the incorrect mate, potentially causing equipment damage or breakdown; gold-plated crimp contacts (starting at $87.75 for a 100-pack) in 10A and 16A sizes have also been added. automationDirect www.automationdirect.com New Line of Snap-Line fasteners a replacement for traditional captive screws. Dirak's line of Snap-Line fasteners securely joins two metal panels and can be used anywhere standard fasteners are used. Multiple options are available, including a line of Snap-Line Captive Fasteners, which are replacements for traditional captive screw and nut applications commonly found on 19-inch racks in the telecommunications/computer industries. Dirak says their Snap-Line Captive Fasteners offer direct advantages over traditional captive screw and nut applications, including: • Installation without tools or hardware. No need to purchase expensive installation equipment. End-user can install Dirak's Captive Fasteners themselves without tools or other equipment. • Eliminates the concern of mounting hardware becoming loose and falling onto sensitive electronic equipment. • Simplified supply chain. The OEM does not need to specify the fastener early in the design phase nor manage a complex global supplier network. • End-user flexibility. Final production units can be shipped directly to the end-user who can determine which product solution is best for their specific application. The end-user can select from different actuation methods such as hand or tool operable, the type of tool preferred for actuation, or the fasteners that meet specific industry security standards. Most of Dirak's Snap-Line fasteners feature D-Snap Technology. This innovative technology ensures a secure, vibration resistant attachment to the panel while eliminating the need for Design News | feruary 2013 | www.d esign n ews.com –54– tools and mounting hardware. Fasteners that feature D-Snap Technology are installed simply by pushing the fastener through the panel cutout. An optional spring facilitates easy removal. Both captive and non-captive fasteners are available. Dirak Snap-Line Fasteners can be used anywhere standard fasteners are used. They are especially applicable in the following industries: telecommunications and computer enclosure assembly 19-inch racks, industrial machinery, medical equipment, food equipment (non-food zone applications), and transportation and off-highway vehicles. DIraK www.dirak.com Touch-Safe 110a SBS 75G 3 Pole Connector With center premate ground. Anderson Power Products (APP) announces a new addition to the SBS connector family with the release of their new 3 pole SBS 75G connector. The SBS connector family features PCB-towire and wire-to-wire solutions for up to 110A. Low resistance silver-plated contacts for wire sizes from #6 AWG (16 mm²) to 16 AWG (1.5 mm²) are held inside compact and ergonomic housings

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